Victor Smith

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Victor David Smith, known as "Dave" by his friends, died June 23, 2009, at his Anchorage residence after a battle with cancer. A visitation will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home, 1707 S. Bragaw St. A celebration of life will be held after the visitation at VFW Post 10252, 3105 Mountain View Drive. Dave was born June 21, 1947, in Massillon, Ohio. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1966 and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969; he was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base from 1977 to 1983. After retiring in 1986, he knew Alaska would be his home. During the '80s and '90s, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing pool with the Muldoon Monday Night Pool League. Victor was owner-operator of Smithco, a private snow removal business, and co-owner of Tangles Hair Design. In 2003, he discovered a new toy, the first of his two Corvettes. He and his wife, Margo, were elected as co-presidents of the Anchorage Corvette Association Inc. in 2004 and remained in that position until December 2008. Their lives took on a completely new and very rewarding direction. Dave kept his pride and joy, his two Corvettes, immaculate. His family wrote: "Dave was a man of few words but when he decided you were a friend you could count on his loyalty, honesty and his trustworthiness. He had a vast knowledge of many and varied subjects and if he thought you were interested, he was more than willing to share what he knew. If Dave told you he would do something there was no doubt that it would be done. "Dave was an excellent cook and truly enjoyed the hours he spent using his smokers to prepare delicious food for all to enjoy. Our neighbors could always tell when he had the smokers cranked up as there was quite an aroma floating through the air. "Dave will be missed by many from various walks of life." He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 10252, Anchorage Masonic Lodge No. 17, and the Rosamond, Calif., Masonic Lodge, and also was a member of the American Legion. Dave was preceded in death by his sister, Cathy Frey. He is survived by his wife, Margo R. Smith of Anchorage; son, Mark David Smith of Anchorage; granddaughter, Kristina Lore Friedley of Crestview, Fla.; father, Victor A. Smith of Navarre, Ohio; mother, Ruth Smith of Massillon, Ohio; and brother, Jeff Smith of Freeport, Fla. Memorial donations may be made to The Providence Alaska Foundation, P.O. Box 196604, Anchorage 99504. Arrangements are with Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 28 to June 29, 2009